Hard Drive Failier????
Posted on 2005-03-04
I’m fixing my uncles computer, which has a freezing problem during boot.
Its usually worse when starting from cold. As XP loads, there's a click from inside, and the sound of the hard drive spinning down then backup again. Windows freezes and has to be buttoned each time. This continues, each time getting a little further into the boot. When XP finally loads, all is well.
I initially though it could be a virus. This system has been plagued with them in the past. So last night I reformatted the HD and re-installed XP. All worked fine and I thought I had cured the problem, until I started playing with the BIOS.
I loaded the optimum setting from the BIOS and the problem returned straight away. As soon as I reloaded the basic BIOS settings the problem went away, and the system ran fine, until this morning!!!
As soon as the machine is started from cold, during the boot sequence, the hard drive powers down and then immediately spins back up, even with the basic default BIOS settings. Each time the machine freezes and has to be reset. This happens a few times and then all seems fine.
I thought that maybe it was a PSU load problem. I disconnected the CD drives, but to no avail.